There is some seriously spooky fun to be had among the antique chests of Preston’s Hoghton Tower, which is holding a series of Ghost Tours over the Halloween period, including a Midnight Ghost Tour on All Hallows Eve itself.
The ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, and Lancashire’s only true baronial residence, Hoghton Tower is a magnificent fortified manor house, which occupies a commanding hill-top position in the North Preston district. Occupied since the days of William the Conqueror but rebuilt in 1565, the house is renowned for its richly panelled rooms and collection of Tudor and Jacobean furniture, and parts of it are open to the public. It is also known for being the third most haunted house in Great Britain and, between 26 October and 1 November, brave visitors will have a chance to learn some of the secrets surrounding the antique dining tables and ancient fireplaces, while also meeting some of the previous residents.
The Halloween Ghost Tours, held on October 26, 27 and November 1, start with a glass of mulled wine before a silent torchbearer leads guests into darkened halls, where spectres regale them with ghoulish tales from the past. Ghostly footsteps echo along underground passages, an ominous black dog haunts the Well House, and writhing faces appear in a family portrait. On October 31, there will be a special event, with a Halloween Midnight Ghost Tour inclusive of a supper and drinks in the banqueting hall, where spirits of a different kind will help wash away the chills.
Tudor-style Victorian dining chairs and antique cabinets can be found in Preston town centre too. Just visit an antique dealer.
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